A Chiari (pronounced “key-AR-ee”) malformation is when part of the brain extends outside the skull into the spinal canal (the upper part of the spinal cord). Children with milder forms may not have any symptoms, but those with more severe forms may have a wide range of symptoms. A Chiari malformation can be congenital (present at birth) or acquired (occur over time).
At Nemours Children's, our goals in treating a Chiari malformation are to relieve any symptoms, reduce pressure on the brain, and improve your child’s quality of life.
Using proven treatments that have the least amount of side effects, we’ll first address your child’s immediate needs and then develop a plan for further care. If your child needs surgery, our highly skilled neurosurgeons are experienced in performing endoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery for smaller incisions and faster healing.
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Whether your child has Chiari malformation type I (also called “Chiari I malformation”) or a more rare form, our neurosurgeons will take the time to listen to your concerns and give your child personal, thorough, medical and surgical care.
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